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Vesey is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest brought to England in 1066. The Vesey family lived in Northampton. The name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Vassy, Normandy. One of the first records of the name was Robertus Invesiatus, Lascivus which appeared in the Domesday Book [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in Essex [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
. Other records show the name was originally De Vesci, which was a baronial name, a branch of the De Burgh family.

Vesey Early Origins



The surname Vesey was first found in Northampton where Robert de Vassy (Veci) and his brother Ivo were granted nineteen Lordships in that county and overlapping into Warwick, Lincoln, and Leicester, by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Ivo (John) won the hand of Alda, daughter of Gilbert, Lord of Alnwick in Northumberland and the family claim considerable prominence as the Lords of Vesey from which Lords Fitzgerald and Vesei claim descent.

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Vesey Spelling Variations


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Vesey Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Vesey are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Vesey include Feasey, Feasy, Fessey, Fassey, Fessys, Fressis, Veasey, Vassey, Vassy, Vesci, Vezey, Vezay, Vesey, Vessey and many more.

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Vesey Early History


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Vesey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vesey research. Another 407 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1313, 1500, 1589, 1661, 1462, 1554, 1674 and 1746 are included under the topic Early Vesey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vesey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Vesey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Vesey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Vesey In Ireland


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Vesey In Ireland



Some of the Vesey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Vesey, or a variant listed above:

Vesey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Margaret Vesey, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Vesey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Vesey, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Charles Vesey settled in Maryland in 1752
  • Abraham Vesey settled in South Carolina in 1795

Vesey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Vesey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • H. M. Vesey settled in San Francisco, California in 1852
  • Pat Vesey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855

Vesey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Vesey, aged 43, a blacksmith, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
  • Anne Vesey, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873
  • John William Vesey, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Vesey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Vesey (post 1700)



  • James Edward Vesey (b. 1965), retired American ice hockey player
  • Denmark Vesey (1767-1822), known as Telemaque while enslaved, an American former slave in Charleston, South Carolina who is noted for his plan for "the rising," a major slave revolt in 1822
  • William Henry Vesey (d. 1881), American politician, U.S. Consul in Lisbon, 1843-46; Antwerp, 1846-53; Aix-la-Chapelle, 1861-69; Nice, 1870-81
  • Francis Gerald Vesey (1832-1915), English clergyman, Archdeacon of Huntingdon from 1874 to 1915
  • Elizabeth Vesey (1750-1791), Irish-born, English socialite and writer
  • General Sir Ivo Ivo Lucius Beresford Vesey KCB KBE CMG DSO (1876-1975), British Army officer, Chief of the General Staff in India

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sub hoc signo vinces
Motto Translation: Under this sign we shall conquer.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Vesey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Vesey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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